A new video has just been released gathering a number of celebrities, ranging from Moby and Russell Brand, to director Oliver Stone, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Roger Waters, in support of US soldier Bradley Manning who is facing life in prison. Each speaker takes their turn declaring that they or we "are all Bradley Manning", imploring viewers to put themselves in a similar situation to Manning's. "What would you do if you were faced with the decision to leak non-life-threatening information that evidenced 'war crimes' and 'awful things' and deserved to be in the public domain?" they ask.
Released ten years ago on DVD (and our review can still be seen here), the programme is a truly fascinating look at the creation of the band's 1973 masterpiece. If you've yet to see it, you really are in for a treat!
The documentary is full of great surprises. Things kick off in great style with the original studio rehearsals of Breathe, followed by David picking out the song on a guitar in his studio, Richard demonstrating certain key chords, Alan Parsons showing how David's double tracked vocals were created, and ending with audio and video of the end of Breathe and the start of On The Run (then called "The Travel Sequence" or "Travel") from the very first live performance (Brighton, England on 20th January 1972)!
This sets the scene for the rest of the album, with plenty of lovely contemporary recreations of songs or parts of songs, by David, Roger and Richard, alongside original demos of the tracks, dusted off for us to hear. It is also fascinating to see the intricacies of the recording process, and the number of layers of instrumentation involved in the overall "sound" of the album.
At present, the only online retailer that we've found offering this title is
August 26th 2013 is Amazon UK, who are offering the title as a pre-order at a pretty decent price. As other retailers list this, we will update this news item.
'The Flaming Cow' offers a rare insight into the brilliant but often fraught collaboration between Pink Floyd and composer Geesin, the result of which became known as Atom Heart Mother - the Floyd's first UK number one album. From the time drummer Nick Mason visited Geesin's damp basement flat in
Notting Hill, to the last game of golf between bassist Roger Waters and
Geesin, this book is an unflinching account about how one of Pink
Floyd's most celebrated compositions came to life. Alongside unpublished
photographs from the Abbey Road recording sessions (the only ones
taken) and the subsequent performances in London and Paris, Geesin goes
on to describe how the title was chosen, why he was not credited on the
record, how he left Hyde Park in tears, and why the group did not much
like the work. The Flaming Cow also explores its recent performances, and its new-found cult status that has led to it being studied for the French Baccalaureat.
The book - with a foreword by Nick Mason - promises to be a great read,
and we're certainly looking forward to it. You can place your order for
this hardback book right now through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy,
who all run a pre-order price guarantee, so you automatically pay the lowest price up to the date of release.
YOU CHANCE TO QUIZ RON GEESIN!
The publishers are also working on an eBook version, which will include some additional material over the print version - this is a special Q&A section and that's where YOU come in. Do you have any questions you've always wanted answering by Ron himself about Atom Heart Mother? Send them over to us at
and we will include the best of them in a special Q&A session which is being filmed this month.
The good people of StormStudios have just sent their latest email newsletter, and since Storm Thorgerson's very sad passing in April, have clearly been keeping themselves extremely busy - exactly, as they point out, as Storm would have wanted!
One item in the newsletter refers to the documentary that Storm had been working on more recently (which I had the pleasure to be included as one of Storm's interviewees last year). They note that: "Since the end of 2011 Storm had been very busy filming a documentary with Rupert about Pink Floyd's founder member, Syd Barrett. They filmed many interviews including old school friends, flat mates, girlfriends, fellow musicians and all the surviving members of Pink Floyd. So far it's proved a very enlightening experience. The film itself is at the editing stage right now and it's a thrill to see it all coming together. Watch this space, as they say, for more news coming soon."
Finally, as a reminder for those in, or close to, the south of England, it's the final week of their current exhibition at The Guildhall, Portsmouth. If you haven't been already, and are able to, make sure you get down there soon as the final day is Sunday (June 23rd).